For the better part of 30 years, I exercised 20-40 hours per week. 45-60 minute runs were the norm, and I never rode my bike for less than 90 minutes. Like many of us, I became committed to a mindset that believed a 15-30 minute run or ride was a worthless endeavor.
In 2004, after transitioning into life with a real job (sort of) and a family, not only was it hard for me to accept that I only had time for 3-5, 30’ runs and 2-3 hours per week instead of 20-40 hours per week, but it was hard to fathom that 3-5, 30’ runs was even worth the effort.
A few years back, I completed most of the 1987 IRONMAN World Championships. Unfortunately, I left out the most important part – the finish line. During the process of almost finishing, I learned a couple of things. Primarily, not finishing something that you start is a horrible feeling, and secondarily, I don’t enjoy IRONMAN distance triathlons.
France Camp, first and foremost, is about cycling. Food and friendship, however, are a close runner up.
Cycling up and down the mountains of the French alpes inspires tales of heroism and woe (the good kind), fosters comradery and a sense of community, and whets the appetite.
The France Camp dinner table provides both the remedy for ravenousness and the pulpit for tales. The kitchen, of course, is the source of its delicious delectables.
At the heart of the kitchen are Chefs Michael and Alex who enthusiastically combine their love of all things food and wine, to expertly prepare what I like to call, France Camp cuisine – mostly French dishes with an English flare.
Their daily interplay, occasional debates about the source or origin of the night’s creation, and their knowledge of food, wine, and local history, are a big part of the France Camp culinary experience.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the France Camp kitchen and hope that it entices you to come and ride, eat, and tell stories with us next July (click here for France Camp details).
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If you love cycling, you’ll love France Camp. If you love climbing and descending – you’ll love France Camp even more.
Each day France Camp features a major climb (or two) in the French alpes. You don’t have to be a climbing specialist to participate in France Camp, but you do have to enjoy climbing.
If you marginally enjoy climbing, remember that what goes up, must come down! France Camp descents are just as epic, or more so, than the climbs.
Food is also a huge part of France Camp. Chefs Michael and Alex prepare ample portions of fresh food, daily. Food and wine comes from the region, and many of the vegetables come from the Chalet garden.
Finally, friendship and comradery are focal points of France Camp. You will leave with lasting friendships and priceless memories.
The Tour de France route will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 22, and the route will most likely feature our home-climb of the mystical l’alpe d’Huez. This means that there will be at least two options for up close and personal TdF viewing during Week 2 of France Camp.
Come and enjoy France and France Camp with us! Check details here.